Still there are even some tragedies in which there are only one or two well known names, the rest being fictitious
The mode of locomotion is, of course, purely imaginary, and the incidents and adventures fictitious
It will contain, like the Tale, a short but real narrative; it will seek, like the Parable, to convey a hidden meaning, and that not so much by the use of language, as by the skilful introduction of fictitious
characters; and yet unlike to either Tale or Parable, it will ever keep in view, as its high prerogative, and inseparable attribute, the great purpose of instruction, and will necessarily seek to inculcate some moral maxim, social duty, or political truth.
But perhaps it is always so, that men form their conceptions from fictitious
, conventional types, and then--all the combinaisons made--they are tired of the fictitious
figures and begin to invent more natural, true figures.
Actions described in novels are judged by a romantic system of morals as fictitious
as the actions themselves.
narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
To the question of what causes historic events another answer presents itself, namely, that the course of human events is predetermined from on high- depends on the coincidence of the wills of all who take part in the events, and that a Napoleon's influence on the course of these events is purely external and fictitious
As to whether the name be real or fictitious
, it cannot greatly signify to those who know him only by his works.
The curate and the others thanked him and added their entreaties, and he finding himself so pressed said there was no occasion ask, where a command had such weight, and added, "If your worships will give me your attention you will hear a true story which, perhaps, fictitious
ones constructed with ingenious and studied art cannot come up to.
At first, indeed, I pretended that I was describing the imaginary experiences of a fictitious
person; but my enthusiasm soon forced me to throw off all disguise, and finally, in a fervent peroration, I exhorted all my hearers to divest themselves of prejudice and to become believers in the Third Dimension.
We can only guess why the great design was abandoned; perhaps because Plato became sensible of some incongruity in a fictitious
history, or because he had lost his interest in it, or because advancing years forbade the completion of it; and we may please ourselves with the fancy that had this imaginary narrative ever been finished, we should have found Plato himself sympathizing with the struggle for Hellenic independence, singing a hymn of triumph over Marathon and Salamis, perhaps making the reflection of Herodotus where he contemplates the growth of the Athenian empire--"How brave a thing is freedom of speech, which has made the Athenians so far exceed every other state of Hellas in greatness
Foretel me that some tender maid, whose grandmother is yet unborn, hereafter, when, under the fictitious
name of Sophia, she reads the real worth which once existed in my Charlotte, shall from her sympathetic breast send forth the heaving sigh.